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Cassie Miller

Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.

U.S. Supreme Court punts on challenge to Trump’s efforts to keep undocumented immigrants out of Census count

By: - December 18, 2020

Calling the suit filed by the state of New York “premature,” the court wrote that the suit was “not suitable for adjudication at this time.” 

COVID surge in Pa. prisons leads to calls for lockdown at all facilities

By: - December 16, 2020

In a statement released Tuesday, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) called on Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration to lockdown the state’s prisons and stop the transfer of inmates amid the surge in COVID cases. 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Who gets it and when? | Phase One breakdown

By: - December 16, 2020

Last month, state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine debuted Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and its three-phase rollout process.  

With Pa.’s first major winter storm on the horizon, state officials say vaccine distribution will continue

By: - December 15, 2020

Calling the storm “significant,” Gov. Tom Wolf said state agencies are prepared to handle the storm amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and opioid epidemic. Forecasts show a foot of snow falling in some parts of the state. 

COVID vaccine arrives in Pa., mitigation still needed, Levine says

By: - December 14, 2020

On a call with reporters Monday, state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine called the vaccine's arrival in Pennsylvania “tremendously exciting.”

Survey: Parents weigh-in on education, exposure risk during the pandemic | The Numbers Racket

By: - December 14, 2020

The way in which children attend school and receive instruction has changed dramatically since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in the spring. 

Good Vibes Only | Five for the weekend

By: - December 12, 2020

Happy Weekend, all. It’s been a long week and well, a long year. If, like me, you’re craving some good vibes and positive thoughts for the weekend ahead, take a look at a few headlines that promise to put some good vibes out into the ether. Science: Listen to the Superfluid MIT Scientists Have Modeled to […]

As fall COVID surge continues, Pa.’s hospitals, healthcare systems feel the strain

By: - December 11, 2020

The department also confirmed 225 new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-related deaths in Pennsylvania to 12,235. 

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Preserving Pa.’s farms | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - December 11, 2020

What you might not have known is that the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Program has been in place since 1988, with its first preservation occurring a year later in 1989. 

With vaccine on the horizon, Wolf imposes new COVID mitigation measures

By: - December 10, 2020

“It's become clear that we need to take further action to mitigate the risk of COVID-19,” Wolf told journalists on a conference call. He announced the new COVID-19 mitigation efforts from his home, following a positive COVID test earlier this week. 

Pa. First Lady Frances Wolf tests negative for COVID-19

By: - December 10, 2020

A day after Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, First Lady Frances Wolf announced that she has tested negative for the virus. 

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What’s up with the census? | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - December 10, 2020

Good morning, fellow seekers. Like everything in 2020, the decennial census count was, shall we say, thrown into disarray. The COVID-19 pandemic began during the first few weeks of the census count, complicating efforts across the country. In the months following its kickoff, the pandemic continued, there were legal challenges, and, oh yeah, a presidential election.  So where is […]